Keck Medicine of USC and Beyond Meat® to Serve as Sponsors
Los Angeles, CA. – The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced today a newly developed high school event in partnership with Nike and NBA superstar and 4-time Finals Champion LeBron James. The Chosen-1’s Invitational will take place December 4th at STAPLES Center with four Nike Elite high schools participating. The four-game showcase will feature both boys and girls programs from Christ the King High School (Queens, NY), Fairfax High School (Los Angeles, CA), Sierra Canyon School (Chatsworth, CA), and St. Vincent-St. Mary High School (Akron, OH). Sponsors of The Chosen-1’s Invitational include Keck Medicine of USC, Beyond Meat®, Takis Chips, and Nike.
“The Basketball Hall of Fame, in partnership with Nike and LeBron James, is immensely proud to introduce a new high school showcase event in one of the greatest basketball cities in the world,” said John L. Doleva, President and CEO of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. “STAPLES Center is an incredible world-class arena and generous host. We know the programs that are participating, their fans, and the entire grassroots basketball community will have a tremendous experience. We also thank our two primary sponsors for their commitment to this effort – Keck Medicine of USC and Beyond Meat along with our supporting sponsor Takis Chips.”
“On behalf of Keck Medicine of USC, I am delighted to join Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James and Nike in extending our support for these talented young athletes,” said Rod Hanners, CEO of Keck Medicine. “We believe this championship experience will prove to be inspiring to the players and their families as they elevate their competition and engage in healthy sportsmanship.”
“We’re thrilled to help spotlight some of the country’s most talented young basketball stars as part of LeBron James’ inaugural Chosen-1’s Invitational,” said Kyle Robiskie, Head of Global Talent and Collaborations, Beyond Meat. “We hope to inspire the next generation of athletes to incorporate delicious and nutritious plant-based meat into their diets.”
Participating Coaches –
“Sierra Canyon is excited to have been invited to participate in the The Chosen-1’s Invitational, hosted by the Basketball Hall of Fame and Nike. With it being the first high school showcase to take place at STAPLES Center, our teams are looking forward to the competition and atmosphere.” - Richard Shapiro
“St. Vincent - St. Mary being LeBron's Alma Mater is thankful to be part of what we hope will become an annual event. Playing great competition in a storied NBA Arena will be a lifelong highlight for our players and our school." - Dru Joyce
“Christ the King is honored to be playing in the inaugural The Chosen-1's Invitational. Our players and coaches are excited to have the opportunity to play in the STAPLES Center. Best of Luck to all participants.” – Robert Mackey
“Fairfax basketball teams are proud to be representing our school and city in what is truly going to be an iconic event. Our partnerships with Nike and LeBron James mean everything to us and we appreciate them greatly for providing us such a great experience for our program.” - Reggie Morris
The Chosen-1’s Invitational Showcase Schedule
2:00 p.m. - Fairfax vs. St. Vincent-St. Mary (GIRLS)
3:30 p.m. - Sierra Canyon vs. Christ the King (GIRLS)
5:00 p.m. - Christ the King vs. Fairfax (BOYS)
7:00 p.m. - Sierra Canyon vs. St. Vincent-St. Mary (BOYS)
For more information, please visit StaplesCenter.com
Tickets for The Chosen-1’s Invitational will go on-sale to the general public today via AXS.com, by phone at 888-929-7849 and the STAPLES Center box office.
The Chosen-1’s Invitational is one event in the Hall of Fame’s series of high school events, which continues to grow in an effort to celebrate and promote the game at all levels around the world. The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame is proud to continue its relationship with Position Sports in an event operations and media relations capacity.
Television broadcast details will be released at a later date. As the health and safety of the athletes, fans and staff is of the utmost importance, the Basketball Hall of Fame will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation closely in the coming months and provide updates as needed.
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About STAPLES Center:
STAPLES Center has undoubtedly developed an unrivaled reputation for excellence having established itself as the Sports and Entertainment Center of the World. As the home of four professional sports franchises – the NBA’s Los Angeles Lakers and LA Clippers, the NHL’s LA Kings and the WNBA’s Los Angeles Sparks – STAPLES Center has proven to be a home court advantage for the local teams. The AEG owned and operated arena continues to distinguish itself as the host of major, high-profile events of national and international distinction including the 2004, 2011 & 2018 NBA All-Star Games, 2002 & 2017 NHL All-Star Game, 2000 Democratic National Convention, 2009 World Figure Skating Championships and 19 of the last 21 GRAMMY Awards shows. STAPLES Center’s twenty one years have also been marked with performances and special events that brought international stature to the downtown Los Angeles venue including concerts Taylor Swift, Beyoncé, Prince, U2, Paul McCartney, Garth Brooks, Usher, Jay-Z, Kanye West, Keith Urban, Roger Waters, Britney Spears, Katy Perry, Ed Sheeran, Kendrick Lamar, Michael Bublé, Carrie Underwood and Justin Timberlake, as well as world championship boxing, family shows and special events. Hosting over 250 events a year, the arena’s reputation for world-class amenities, features and commitment to quality of service and the guest experience is second to none.
About the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame:
Located in Springfield, Mass., the city where basketball was born, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame is an independent non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to promoting, preserving and celebrating the game of basketball at every level – men and women, amateur and professional players, coaches and contributors, both domestically and internationally. The Hall of Fame museum is home to more than 400 inductees and over 40,000 square feet of basketball history. Nearly 200,000 people visit the Hall of Fame museum each year to learn about the game, experience
the interactive exhibits and test their skills on the Jerry Colangelo "Court of Dreams." Best known for its annual marquee Enshrinement Ceremony honoring the game’s elite, the Hall of Fame also operates over 70 high school and collegiate competitions annually throughout the country and abroad. For more information on the Basketball Hall of Fame organization, its museum and events, visit www.hoophall.com, follow @hoophall or call 1-877-4HOOPLA.